By Donald Lateiner, Dimos Spatharas
The learn of feelings and emotional monitors has completed a deserved prominence in contemporary classical scholarship. the feelings of the classical international might be plumbed to supply a useful heuristic device. feelings will help us comprehend key problems with historic ethics, ideological assumptions, and normative behaviors, yet, extra often than now not, classical students have grew to become their cognizance to "social feelings" requiring sensible judgements and moral judgments in private and non-private gatherings. The emotion of disgust has been unwarrantedly ignored, although it figures saliently in lots of literary genres, akin to iambic poetry and comedy, historiography, or even tragedy and philosophy.
This selection of seventeen essays by means of fifteen authors good points the emotion of disgust as one innovative of the examine of Greek and Roman antiquity. person contributions discover a variety of subject matters. those contain the semantics of the emotion either in Greek and Latin literature, its social makes use of as a method of marginalizing participants or teams of people, corresponding to politicians judged deviant or witches, its position in picking aesthetic judgments, and its prospects as an elicitor of aesthetic excitement. The papers additionally talk about the vocabulary and makes use of of disgust in lifestyles (Galli, actors, witches, homosexuals) and in lots of literary genres: old theater, oratory, satire, poetry, medication, historiography, Hellenistic didactic and myth, and the Roman novel. The advent addresses key methodological matters about the nature of the emotion, its cognitive constitution, and glossy methods to it. It additionally outlines the variations among historical and smooth disgust and emphasizes the appropriateness of "projective or second-level disgust" (vilification) as a way of marginalizing undesirable kinds of habit and stigmatizing morally condemnable different types of people. the quantity is addressed first to students who paintings within the box of classics, yet, considering the fact that texts concerning disgust additionally express major cultural version, the essays will allure the eye of students who paintings in a large spectrum of disciplines, together with background, social psychology, philosophy, anthropology, comparative literature, and cross-cultural studies.
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